Monday, August 27, 2018

New Mexico Politics: Here’s why Libertarians are smart to put Johnson in the Senate race

The following was originally published in NMPolitics.net 

Editor’s note: This is in response to the Aug. 24 commentary by Ariel Bickel, “Johnson’s Senate run leaves voters out in the cold.”
COMMENTARY: In my opinion, this piece is simply an attempt to point the finger at Gary Johnson simply because he has the potential for an upset. At the end of the day we all know that politics is a bit of a dirty game — and when a candidate worries others, they tend to try and throw dirt at them.
I’ve seen a lot of talk against Gary for entering the race late, yet people forget to mention that the Republicans did the very same thing with their secretary of state candidate and I’m not seeing negative opinion pieces on that decision. Johanna Cox was a good secretary of state candidate. So is Gavin Clarkson.
The problem they have with Gary is he has potential for an upset. The reality is the Libertarian Party is smart to put Gary in this race. Let’s look at the facts.
Gary is a two-time Republican governor in this highly blue state. He has 94 percent name recognition, nationwide support giving him a large base, and a strong grassroots effort who can, and will, get behind him in this Senate race. He’s a very strong candidate for the middle and has the ability to out-raise every Libertarian candidate combined in this state in donations.

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